National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
Sunday, February 7, 2021
Sunday, February 7, is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day which is an annual opportunity to help reduce HIV among Black people by reducing HIV stigma, racism, discrimination, and other critical issues that prevent Black communities from accessing HIV prevention, testing, and treatment services.
National HIV prevention efforts are reducing the burden of HIV infection in some Black communities, but more progress is needed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Black gay and bisexual men and Black transgender and cisgender women continue to be disproportionately impacted by new HIV diagnoses.
This year’s #NBHAAD theme, “We’re In This Together,” highlights the importance of support—from friends, family, colleagues, partners, and healthcare and social service providers.
“National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day shines light on the great need to strengthen affordable housing, healthcare, employment, as well as prevention and comprehensive sex education,” said GMHC CEO Kelsey Louie. “We continue to join HIV/AIDS services organizations, community-based organizations, elected officials and supporters as we commit ourselves to the actions required by the words, Black Lives Matter. Black Trans Lives Matter.”
#StopHIVTogether #BlackLivesMatter #BlackTransLivesMatter
GMHC serves approximately 10,000 clients in New York City with comprehensive psychosocial and prevention services, including: HIV/STI testing, meals and nutrition, supportive housing, advocacy for benefits and health insurance, mental health and substance use counseling, and more. GMHC’s programs have made substantial contributions to reducing new HIV infections and ensuring people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS are connected to care and treatment.